Flowing over and around huge slabs of limestone, the Pedernales River can be turbulent. But most often it is tranquil, and a great place to relax and recharge. We are just 30 miles west of Austin. Come over for an afternoon swim or hike, or load up your gear for an overnight adventure. The river awaits!
Choose a site with water and electricity or hike to a primitive site. Bring your group to the Youth Group Camp or Equestrian Group Camp.
This park has potential but in need of site renovations.
a crown jewel of the Texas Parks system. Hiking, horse riding, swimming, floating. At one with nature. Bird watching.
Campsites can get kinda tight in the primitive camping area during peak seasons. The pull in tent sites range from close neighbors to very private. The tent pad and parking spot orientations are nice for both camper trailers/rigs and for people that car camp or truck bed camp.
This park also has some of the best campsite-to-trails access. The main campsite loop is in the center of the park at the nexus of multiple major trail loops that lead out to major trails of the park. It's a convenience for most, but it's an important feature when you camp in the bed of your truck, so you can't move your vehicle during the day.
Beautiful place to camp if you can get a campsite!
This is a great campground with many miles of hiking trails for all levels, picnic areas, the beautiful pedernales river to tube or swim in, and lots of cozy sites with fire pits! You owe it to yourself to come camp here!
We placed four tents on our one site and still had room for chairs to seat the three adults and 6 kids. We were able to park two cars at the site with no problem. This is the largest campsite I’ve ever used and I will definitely go again. It had a picnic table, fire ring, and was easily 20x30 yards. We did see some baby javalina in the evening and there were some critters roaming the site at night, but nothing really dangerous. The river is not close to the campground and we had to drive, park, and then hike down into the canyon to swim, but it was beautiful! Plenty of shady spots on the campsite and at the river kept us cool in the Texas heat.
Make sure to visit this place a day or two after a good rain so that the falls are really in action. It will always be beautiful, but it’s even prettier with more water. Pedernales Falls is the perfect respite from the Texas heat—& it’s close enough to Austin to have some fun & a good meal in the city. The waterfall is lovely & we spent a long time exploring & wading around. There are also trails in the park though that are worth hiking. In short, the park offers a good deal of opportunity for adventure.
Brought the 5th wheel down in July. Front desk was very friendly. Most sites were closed due to either construction of table pavilions or bathroom renovations. The new bathroom was not open yet so there was a small line for the shower but only on our last night in thr old bathrooms. The new bathroom looked like it will be nice whenever it opens. Bathrooms had no AC but were clean. There is NO cell service throughout the camping area. Lots of deer, armadillos, and foxes. Depending on the site, the picnic tables and fire rings are quite a ways back from the parking spot, which would be nice if you are planning to tent camp. Trails are well kept, but it’s at least a quarter mile hike anytime you want to get in the water.
Beautiful landscape including the namesake Falls as well as some long, challenging hikes with creek crossings and steeper ascents for the seasoned hiker. Great for dogs and groups of friends to explore together. Recommend bringing snacks and water when doing the longer trails.
This State Park offers everything from fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, photography, and everything in between. There are a multitude of campsites and RV spots in the campground, a large group site, day use area, swimming area, etc. There are miles of hiking trails and scenic overlooks. The Pedernales River is perfect for swimming and fishing. The falls are a beautiful place for pictures and fishing. I had a great stay here. The rangers are helpful and the entire park was very clean.